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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announces campaign for governor

Jun. 23, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a critic of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is running for Massachusetts governor next year — adding another Democrat candidate to a burgeoning campaign. ...

Iowa court blocks mandatory waiting period for abortion

Jun. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

An Iowa judge blocked a state law that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before women could get abortions, likely setting up a legal battle before the state Supreme Court. Judge Mitchell Turner ruled Monday that because legislators passed the law last year as an...

South Dakota lawmakers, cities warm to marijuana plans

Jun. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota anticipates a state Supreme Court decision on whether recreational marijuana will become legal in July, state lawmakers and city governments are moving forward with their own pot plans. Officials across the state have warmed to...

Lawyers make cases in suit over Missouri Medicaid expansion

Jun. 21, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Missouri conservatives don't want to fund a voter-approved expansion of the state's Medicaid program, they can either propose another constitutional amendment that would gut it or cut funding to the existing program completely, a lawyer for three would-be new...

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’

Jun. 18, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring the end of the enslavement of Black people, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for those convicted of some crimes — to thrive. ...

Illinois governor signs $42B state spending plan into law

Jun. 17, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a $42 billion spending plan for Illinois on Thursday that includes $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. “Illinois has taken a giant step forward toward true fiscal stability,” Pritzker said during...

Florida Supreme Court says no to marijuana ballot proposal

Jun. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida won't be on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the ballot language was misleading. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said proposed...

Conservative activist to run for Pennsylvania governor

Jun. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Charlie Gerow, a longtime conservative activist, said he will run for governor of Pennsylvania, formally joining the field of candidates vying for the Republican Party's nomination next year. Gerow, 66, runs a communications and marketing firm in...

NJ moves closer to allowing sports bets on its college teams

Jun. 16, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When Rutgers University's men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament this year for the first time in three decades, it stood to reason that fans in the nation's top sports betting market would flood casinos and racetracks with bets on their local team. ...

House rejects popular elections for constitutional officers

Jun. 15, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to require popular elections for Maine’s attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer has fallen short in the House. A two-thirds majority is required in both chambers to send the proposed amendment to...